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Designer Profile: The Sunday Co.

Founded in his Mum’s shed in Kingscliff, NSW, we chat to The Sunday Co, designer and founder, Liam Byrne how his love of Sundays fuelled his creative pursuits.   Tell…

Founded in his Mum's shed in Kingscliff, NSW, we chat to The Sunday Co, designer and founder, Liam Byrne how his love of Sundays fuelled his creative pursuits.

 

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

The Sunday Co. was created in early 2016 after graduating university. Named The Sunday Co. for my enduring love of the day Sunday, a day that I feel most people live for. I also found it was used by many theatre companies as a way to explain, “I’m not really working, just pursuing my passion” Even working on Sunday just feels that much better, the aim is that our products allow you to feel like its Sunday everyday of the week.

First run out of my mum’s shed in Kingscliff across the road from a beachfront market, I spent months trailing new designs and listening to customer’s feedback, starting off with only one style of eyewear and 3 pin designs. My learning from this is just to start doing what you would love to do, don’t wait or you’ll start to think logically without any previous knowledge.

What pieces are included within your range?

We specialise in product design, including handcrafted eyewear & really interesting pins.

What is your creative background?

Using my creative side has always been a way to relax and part of my self-care. Like most I started of drawing down my thoughts as a way to see my imagination, this in recent years has turned into building what I could imagine.

I feel with more of a reflexive way of learning design it takes me a lot longer to complete a project, but I love this time to perfect and learn more. I am my own worse boss in accepting nothing but the best, regardless of timelines or profit.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is designed locally here in Australia by the team, and myself then bought to life with the help of others in our production team from Australia, China and Japan.

What inspires you?

Being inspired personally has to have a deeper emotional attachment; otherwise I get bored really easily. For me it’s the pursuit to help people find their purpose and inspiration by working harder, learning more and teaching others.

Experiencing something that you have worked so hard on creates such an amazing feeling of being proud.

Latest collection consists of?

We welcome a larger range of stunning eyewear that is seriously cool, and now optical ready for those who have sight conditions! It’s been a big secret, but after a lot of hard work it’s now available!

Also for our Pin fans, we haven’t even come close to running out of ideas; it is definitely not a boring year for the growing Sunday team.

What's on your mood board?

I have more of a mood media list, a secret list of films, songs, podcasts and books that I love to interchange between depending on my creative mood. To find out more I can tell you in person.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is a very multipurpose area with minimal influence, so I am not persuaded by any other designs. I like a space to feel special by adding little items that hint at a moment I shared or a significant memory. It also includes a wine rack a vinyl player and an art and craft section to help unwind.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I believe what your experiencing when designing really absorbs into your work so I like to stay flexible by listening to something that is suitable to the project. Although bands like the Jungle giants, San cisco, Frank ocean or Flight facilities make regular appearances.

A day in the life of you consists of?

I start of a day usually with a fast breakfast and a cycle or a long breakfast with a book. I find both really relaxing in planning out the day and priorities my time, I like to start off with the boring but essential stuff like the emails, then onto the projects I have lined up. Finishing the day with a sauna, cooking a nice meal, a glass of wine and a film.

Favourite TVM stall

Hard to beat Smooth juice for hunger cravings, or the live bands every market are truly amazing. There’s always new stalls that pop up which catch my eye, it’s so good to see the entrepreneurial vision of people.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Books: Zero to One by Peter Theil and The Design of everyday thing by Don Norman
Podcast: How it’s made

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I love supporting Aussie brands! Crumpler, Sunny Cords and Blundstone boots are brands I am really passionate about.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2016 and beyond?

Amazing new designs, more places to purchase our range of products and a lot of travelling to meet more of our fans, really excited to visit you all.

Also collaborations with great local companies, designers and Charities are really going make the future extra special.

Why TVM?

TVM has an amazing feel and flow, the TVM team really supports their stalls holders and always respond with understanding and a willingness to help.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

Being in a place full of people thinking differently and having a genuine go at living their passion has always had a way of giving my energy. The customers are so important also as they renew my love for designing every visit ?

Here’s to never being boring!

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Designer Profile :: Indigo Monkey

New to TVM this Sunday and the winner of TVM’s Startup Stall initiative is Rodrigo Almeida with his ethical, eco friendly, sustainable menswear label – Indigo Monkey. Rodrigo will be…

New to TVM this Sunday and the winner of TVM's Startup Stall initiative is Rodrigo Almeida with his ethical, eco friendly, sustainable menswear label - Indigo Monkey. Rodrigo will be cruising up the highway all the way from Bondi Beach to join us this Sunday.

"Indigo Monkey was created in 2015 after a trip to the States. I went to Burning Man, where the weather was extreme. Incredibly hot during the day and cold at night, so I felt it was necessary to have versatile clothes that can be adaptable to different temperatures. We needed clothes that were comfortable and easily add layers."

What pieces are included within your range?

We decided to create a capsule collection that is versatile and interchangeable. The current range includes drop crotch Linen pants, Bamboo drop crotch casual pants, soft Bamboo t-shirts and long sleeve Bamboo casual top.

What is your creative background?

Growing up in Uruguay my mum and dad would only buy clothes for us once a year, instead my mum was always sewing, repairing and creating clothes for me and my brothers. She would include us in the process and we could choose the patches. As we grew up I would pass the clothes to my younger brother and he would to the youngest.

When I moved to Australia in the pursuit for creativity and craft I attended CATC design school and studied Interior design, I didn’t feel very comfortable with the structure so I stopped before finishing. A few months later decided to pursue fashion and I attended a ‘hands-on’ fashion design school, In 2 mode.

Later on, when I attended a natural Indigo dying workshop with master Aboubakar Fofana was when I decided to focus on sustainability and ethical practices. He transferred the respect for the fructose indigo vat, using organic materials and techniques. Incorporating ancestral techniques and crafts.

Where is the label designed and made?

It’s designed in Sydney-Australia and partially made in Sydney and Bali.

What inspires you?

I get my inspiration from ancestral techniques and simple way of living. I’m inspired by the slow fashion and the sustainable way of living.

Latest collection consists of?

Drop Crotch Linen Pants, Bamboo Casual Pants, Travel Bamboo t-shirt, Casual long sleeve top.

What's on your mood board?
Nobel fabrics such as bamboo, linen and hemp, with organic natural colours such as beetroot red and natural indigo as well as shibori switching techinques.

What’s your creative space like?

My studio is always pumping music and is filled with natural indigo vats for hand-dying fabrics. It’s a place for me to switch off my mind and loose myself in my creativity and enjoy getting my hands dirty.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Techno house music and eclectic house music.

A day in the life of you consists of?

I live in Bondi so I start my mornings with a swim in the ocean to clear my head and a coffee after my swim to get the day rolling. I like to surround myself with good music all day. I work as a social worker, so often my days are long and sometimes stressful. After work I always take time to retreat and work on Indigo Monkey and my creative designs.

Favourite reads/blogs?
I like to read “Stories behind things” blog, Reformation magazine, Maker’s row blogs, The Clothing exchange publications.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?

I’m always decked out in Indigo Monkey.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

I want help support communities that are affected by the fast fashion industry and be a part of the fashion revolution that promotes slow fashion and conscious consumerism. I’m currently working on introducing hand-dyed clothing using organic natural plants and ancient dying and stitching techniques from around the world. I’m planning to work with different communities around the world that have beautiful tradition textile forms, such as the Guatemalan highlands and Mali. I also want to work with African wax, bomber jackets and Chinese silk, mixing different ancient arts. My hope is that with Indigo Monkey I am able to work directly with small and remote communities from around the world and share their ancestral knowledge.

Meet Rodrigo on Sunday 18 June at TVM, or connect with Indigo Monkey online:
Website
Social

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Designer Profile: Leather Me Baby

We chat to Leather Me Baby’s Sarah Thomasson about the inspiration for starting her own label as a Mum of three and why she choose TVM as her platform. Tell us…

We chat to Leather Me Baby's Sarah Thomasson about the inspiration for starting her own label as a Mum of three and why she choose TVM as her platform.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Leather Me Baby started last November after the birth of my 3rd baby boy. I was looking for a way to combine my entrepreneurial spirit, life as mum of 3 young and active boys and my love of high end leather. My journey started when I was on the hunt for a leather bag to fit my mum lifestyle, as well as my active social life that didn't always involve having my kids. This was the inception of Leather Me Baby.

A buying trip to Bali sourcing material with a friend lead me on a design journey. Prototyping a range of bags and accessories that fit my own personal style, that then translated to a category of products.

What pieces are included within your range?

Leather Me Baby has created a bag that is not just a nappy bag. It's the perfect travel companion on a long or short haul flight or great for an overnight trip. It's versatile so whatever you would like to use it for.

The LMB Nappy Sack fits all your changing needs, or your sunscreens and medicines, or a change of clothes just it case. It also doubles as the perfect size soft leather clutch, great for a date night or girls lunch.

The LMB Nappy Wallet was really designed for anyone who has used a nappy wallet before. They know these things are your best friend. Handy compartments for all your needs - wipes, nappys, creams, bags and even a spot for your phone!

Finally the newest edition to the LMB range is our Bummers. These are the hippest things getting around and the frills on chubby little legs are to die for.

What is your creative background?

Like most creative people I found myself seeking out opportunities throughout my working career that pushed my limits, and increase my interaction with design. However I could never really find something I was truly passionate about. That was until I started to sketch and design my own products. And as they say the rest is history.

Where is the label designed and made?

Designed in my little home office at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast and made in Bali.

What inspires you?

My love of leather and my needs as a mum of 3 little boys.

Latest collection consists of?

The latest addition to our collection is the bummers. We are currently prototyping and collaborating on a number of new an innovative addition for Summer 17/18.

What's on your mood board?

Everything leather for mums and bubs.

What’s your creative space like?

My home is my creative space. I find that our open plan lifestyle and living space inspires me to think functionally, yet still being innovative and remaining true to the essence of the brand.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Just like my design style, my taste in music is also pretty eclectic. So some days I might be listening to some mellow reggae, and then switch in to the diverse landscape that is the current top 100.

A day in the life of you consists of?

A day in the life of me mostly starts with exersice to clear the mind ready for the day then on to mum dutys school and kindy drop off and then a little time for just me and the new bub. Sleep time is everything LMB.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Sweet Child of Mine is a definate fave for the boys at the moment. And from the vintage collection I do miss Little X & Y.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Single Mum Diaries
The Young Mummy
Frankie

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

Anything leather, linen or my fav label at the moment is Augueste. And of course the mum favourite - a pair of Cons.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 beyond?

Our next release is all about style and function, with items mums never knew they couldn’t live without.

Why TVM?

I've just always found that wandering through TVM I feel connected, creatively, to many of the stall. Upon launch we knew that TVM was a perfect for for our brand.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The chilled atmosphere and a hot coffee offers the perfect escape on a Sunday morning.

Connect with Leather Me Baby

In person: This Sunday 21 May at TVM

Instagram @leathermebaby

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Stall Profile | Night Tiger

This week we’ve chatted to Kari Lee, creator of fashion label Night Tiger. Residing in South Golden Beach Northern NSW, Lee draws inspiration from a passion for dance and the…

This week we've chatted to Kari Lee, creator of fashion label Night Tiger. Residing in South Golden Beach Northern NSW, Lee draws inspiration from a passion for dance and the love of music, colour, textiles and all things creatively beautiful to create her comfortable and unique pieces.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

My label was created around 4 years ago. It came out of a love for creating fun things to wear just for myself. I then went on to study all aspects of fashion industry which inspired me to design a collection, attend markets and start up a website.

What pieces are included within your range?

I have a very diverse style within my label. It ranges from feminine style silk dresses to lounge/streetstyle, basics and also a line of yoga/activewear.

What is your creative background?  

I have always been artistic, I love photography, painting, sculpture and I’ll have a go at most things but I really got inspired by textiles in high school. I then went onto study dance for years which involved making costumes etc. I have also completed a Cert IV in Fashion Design and Technology.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed here in my studio at home in South Golden Beach. I manufacture in Bali Indonesia where I have had a beautiful exchange with the same family tailors for 4 years now.

What inspires you?

Wow So Much!! I love music and colour and the touch and feel of fabrics. I am inspired by other cultures dye processes, weavings and traditional clothing. The world of Fashion in general…checking out everyones own individual style and how they choose to express themselves through the clothing they wear.

Latest collection consists of?

The latest collection has a lot of colour, yoga, street style influences, tights, lounge pants, hoodys, knitwear and alot of comfortable stretch clothing. I have an autumn basics wear dropping just before the next market which I am excited to release!

What's on your mood board?

Winter and next Summer !! Knitwear, relaxed fit pants, cute floral dresses with boots. White, navy, black, pink and my favourite…..stonewash!

What’s your creative space like?

Always music playing. Lightbox on for sketching, a nice big table for stretching out my organized chaos of fabric swatches, designs and production orders!!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Very diverse, I love hip hop, especially women MC’s but I listen to a lot of dance music, jazz/hiphop fusion, male and female vocalists.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Whisking my daughter off to school. Working for my good friends label Rowie as a Design/Studio assistant and on my days off retreating to my studio to drink tea and dream up and sketch new designs for my own labels upcoming seasons.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

‘Bandikoot’ love the cool kids clothes!!

Favourite reads/blogs?

‘Lovemarks’ a brand building book and I love the the Art Blog ‘Colossal’

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?  

Always my label on market day!!

Any favourite labels?

Rowie, Kivari, The White Raven

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

My Winter collection has a lot of knitwear as I love knits and basics for winter. Cosy wear!!   Summer is going to be all about florals and dresses!! Cant wait!

Find Night Tiger at TVM on Sunday 7 May 2017 and connect with Night Tiger online:

Website/Shop online
Instagram

 

 

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Designer Profile | 21 Degrees North Jewellery

New to TVM this Sunday is 21 Degrees North Jewellery, a boutique jewellery label designed by Brooke Holt Pennell inspired by her native home of Hawaii. “I was born and…

New to TVM this Sunday is 21 Degrees North Jewellery, a boutique jewellery label designed by Brooke Holt Pennell inspired by her native home of Hawaii.

"I was born and raised in Makaha, Hawaii and am part native Hawaiian. I have 2 sons, Kainalu and Kamakani who are both avid waterman and still live in Makaha. I worked for various companies in the surf industry in Honolulu for over 20 years and held titles as General Manager, Head Men’s Buyer and Retail Operations Manager. I retired from the surf industry to move to Australia 5 years ago to be with my husband."

TVM: What made your pursue your creative passion by starting your own business?

BP: As the child of two artists, I was always surrounded with creativity and art.
My father was a glassblower with a master’s degree in fine arts and my mother a fashion designer with a degree in textile arts.
I have created jewellery as a hobby for many years and it’s been such an amazing creative outlet as well as a supplemental income for me.
After my father passed away I decided that I was going pursue my passion and try to turn that into a meaningful business.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

I laid the foundation mid 2016, but actually registered and started the business in December 2016.

What does your brand consist of?

21o N is unique handcrafted jewellery. I combine shells (some that I’ve dived for in Hawaii and some sourced from ethical companies), Tahitian black pearls and semi precious gems with 14k gold filled and 24k gold plated chain, findings and components.

I plan on adding complimentary products to my collection in the near future.

Where is the label designed and made?

I always say.... Conceived in Hawaii, made in Australia

What inspires you?

I’m deeply inspired by my Hawaiian home and by the ocean I love so dearly.
The ancient Hawaiians had hundreds of names for the varying tides and moods of the ocean and I love intertwining that feeling in my jewellery.

That being said.....I get bored quickly and am always finding new inspiration to inject into my collections.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

I certainly hope to grow my brand and to eventually launch retail storefronts in Australia specializing in all things 21oN – which is Oahu’s approximate geographical latitude.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

So far, my biggest challenges are probably similar to most startup companies....capitol!! Financing even a small business is a challenge.
Also trying to find a good fit for retailing or wholesaling my brand. Being the designer, marketer, webmaster, social media consultant and sales manager are many jobs for one person to fill....

What is the best thing about having your own business?

I get to represent myself, showcase what I love and I work at my own pace. I take great pride in my work.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

Hmmmmm, there are many, but if I had to choose just one, it would be to STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND DO WHAT YOU LOVE. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, it’s not real.

Find Brooke and 21 Degrees North at TVM this Sunday 16 April 2017 or connect with the label:
Website
Instagram

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Stall Profile || The Undercurrent

New to TVM this Sunday is The Undercurrent, a collaborative T-shirt brand with a difference. The Undercurrent brings locals a collection of Gold Coast inspired t-shirts which are designed by…

New to TVM this Sunday is The Undercurrent, a collaborative T-shirt brand with a difference.

The Undercurrent brings locals a collection of Gold Coast inspired t-shirts which are designed by five local Gold Coast artists and printed locally. Both male and female shirts represent suburbs that locals are proud of and tourists wish they were a part of with $2 from the sale of each shirt donated to the Gold Coast surf clubs.

We chatted to founder, Carly Snodgrass:

TVM: Tell us about how and when your label was created?

CS: The label was created in 2017, but has been in the works for about a year. When I travel, I try to hunt down galleries that stock art from local artists. Sometimes I’m unlucky because it’s incredibly difficult to find, too expensive or too hard to get home. So I tend to bring interesting t-shirts home as a reminder instead, this is essentially my souvenir. I wanted to create the same for the Gold Coast but using local artists.

What pieces are included within your range?

To begin with we have a t-shirt and singlet. The t-shirt is for both guys and gals, while the singlet is better suited for just the girls, but hey, each to their own.

What is your creative background?

My background is in advertising land. I absolutely love it, but hated the sales side of it. I’m not a great creative myself, but I found my niche in managing them. That’s why I wanted to collaborate with local Gold Coast artists on this project. There’s a great artist community here on the Coast, but we do lose a lot to the ‘big smoke’ due to the limited opportunities. So it’s fantastic to be able to offer them something they are passionate about and can showcase to their mates here too.

Where is the label designed and made?

The shirts are all designed by local Gold Coast artists and they are hand screen printed in Burleigh. The first series artists are Sarah Beetson, Claudio Kirac, Kiel Tillman, Eric Koo and Byron Coathup.

What inspires you?

The Gold Coast. This place is amazing. It doesn’t matter where I travel, I love coming home to it.

Latest collection consists of?

This collection is based on suburbs. Gold Coasters are so proud of their little slice of the Gold Coast, so the artists have tried to incorporate what they love about their area. The suburbs in this collection are Coolangatta, Currumbin, Burleigh, Mermaid Beach and Surfers Paradise. There will be more to come!

What's on your mood board?

Our Pinterest account is filled with imagery of surf and skate lifestyles of the 70s and old Gold Coast tourist photos.

What’s your creative space like?

It’s a large open plan office in the Burleigh industrial district with palm tree wall paper, soft grey couches and hints of pastel pink.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Spotify is my go to, nothing specific, just whatever playlist is at the top.

A day in the life of you consists of?

As The Undercurrent is about to launch, I’m yet to get into a routine. It’s all pretty manic at the moment getting everything ready. Currently my day consists of waking up, apologizing to dog for no walk, throwing on some clothes, throwing on some other clothes, go back to original clothes, grabbing a coffee in Burleigh, writing out my days to do list, going to the office, putting out fires all day, remembering I haven’t eaten yet, putting out some more fires, looking at my to do list at 7pm, maybe I’ll get onto those tomorrow, what takeaways are still open?

Favourite reads/blogs?

Big fan of the Collective Hub magazine for great entrepreneur stories.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

The Undercurrent t-shirt with some Urban Outfitter denim shorts and Converse.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

There’s definitely more collaborations to come, this is just the beginning! More artists, more series, just wait and see.

Why TVM?

It’s a fantastic way to get feedback. Online shops are great, but they do lose the interaction with the customer. If I want to know why something isn’t selling, I want to hear it direct.

Connect with The Undercurrent:
Instagram
Website

Find The Undercurrent at TVM this Sunday 2 April 2017!

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Stall Profile | Sandinyapantz

Thank goodness for creative folk like Katie Hawkins who has made searching for fun swimwear for the kiddo’s easy, courtesy of her children’s designer swimwear label Sandinyapantz. We chatted to…

Thank goodness for creative folk like Katie Hawkins who has made searching for fun swimwear for the kiddo's easy, courtesy of her children's designer swimwear label Sandinyapantz. We chatted to Katie about her creative background, what inspired her to start her own business and her biggest challenges.

"I was born and bred on the Gold Coast and grew up in Elanora. School wasn’t for me and my parents wouldn’t allow me to leave unless I had a job or an apprenticeship! I left Elanora High School to do a hairdressing apprenticeship in Kingscliff NSW. When I was 18 I wanted to see the world so I worked and travelled. On my return home I found a new hobby that involved my deep passion and love of the ocean. To further my creative skills I borrowed my mother’s sewing machine with the idea of making my own swimwear. This led to an obsession and after teaching myself the basics I was eager to learn more so I researched the machines I needed to construct a bikini that was shop worthy. With the money I saved I bought three Industrial sewing machines and practiced day in day out until my very first bikini was made. From there I tried my luck and started applying for jobs as a machinist in factories. With little to no experience at all I kept applying until one day I got my foot in the door. I worked for many leading brands such as Nike, Reebok and NRL sewing a variety of garments to gain the experience I needed to pursue my creative passion in swimwear."

What made you pursue your creative passion?

After many years of working in a number of different factories and various other jobs I landed a job in a swimwear factory... Finally! I could now specialize in swimwear manufacturing. My boss was the driving force behind my creative passion and it was here I learnt everything there is to know about swimwear. It was everything and more than I ever dreamed of and had no idea that something so small could be made so many different ways. It made me so excited to go to work every day and to be a part of the creative process for many leading Australian designers.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

Well, we still joke about it today. It was when my boss said “Katie, I am going to fire you if you don’t leave and do this on your own”. Apparently I was ready, she taught me everything she new and all I needed was the confidence to start my own business. I had my own set up at home in the shed at the back of my property so she gave me one of her clients to kick start my career ... and I have never looked back! I built my business up to 8 clients consisting of swimwear, children’s wear, sportswear and dance wear. One day, Becky Jack from Peony Swimwear arrived at my door and after launching her label in 2013 she became my exclusive client for 3 years. As I watched her brand grow to one of Australia’s leading swimwear labels I decided it was now my time, I was ready to put everything I’ve learned into my very own label. I sold my house on the Gold Coast, moved down south to be with the love of my life and started my lifelong dream.

What does your brand consist of?

We offer unique functional styles ranging from Rashies, One Pieces, Bikinis and surf leggings. All Sandinyapantz garments are of the highest quality, sourcing the finest UPF50+ Extra Life Lycra to give extra protection from the sun. We have beautiful prints that are digitally created by a collaboration of artists featuring unique laser cut accessories to compliment the range. Our designs infuse the purity and playfulness of life at the beach.

Where is Sandinyapantz designed and made?

Sandinyapantz (children’s swimwear) is designed and made by me from the dreamlike beach town of Arrawarra Headland NSW.

What inspires you?

Although my source of creativity is fueled by many things, inspiration is everywhere! I find my deepest well of inspiration in creating something out of nothing. My dad has always made everything by hand from houses, to boats, to caravans and now a plane! My family has definitely inspired me to believe that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

The plans for my brand are limitless as I continue to be inspired to create and design. My hope is to be recognized and have continued success not only in Australia but worldwide.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge for me was doing all of this on my own from designing, to pattern making, to sampling, to production, to sales and marketing.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Is that it's one of the most challenging, rewarding things you'll ever do. It's scary and exhilarating at the same time to create all of this on my own but I have complete creative control from start to finish.

How did you hear about TVM?

I have been following your markets since it was highly recommended by my previous client Becky Jack from Peony swimwear and current client Bryce from Marloe Swimwear that this is the perfect platform to get exposure for my label.

Why did you choose TVM to help launch your business?

To be a part of a team of local creative talent is simply invaluable to the growth of my business.

Connect with Katie and Sandinyapantz:
Online
Instagram
Facebook

The next TVM is Sunday 26 March 2017 at Burleigh Heads State School, 8:30am - 1pm.

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TVM Startup Stall | SUNNY CORDS

This budding entrepreneur has turned her creative idea into a business and has set herself the challenge of 90 days to make it work before returning to her corporate job….

This budding entrepreneur has turned her creative idea into a business and has set herself the challenge of 90 days to make it work before returning to her corporate job. We love it! Meet Flo Kemp, founder of SUNNY CORDS. She'll be traveling up from Bondi Beach to the Gold Coast just to share her Sunday with us at TVM this weekend.

Read on to find out why SUNNY CORDS has scored this months TVM STARTUP STALL.

The Photo Studio Glebe; Fashion;Commercial; Jude Stevens;Florine Kemp

First, a bit about Flo...

To understand the story behind SUNNY CORDS, I need to share and explain a little bit about myself. My biggest drive in life is to reach my fullest potential. I know it sounds cliché, but I get simply triggered by the notion to achieve the impossible. While born in Brazil, my parents being both Dutch, and finishing high school in Hong Kong, it’s fair to say I had seen some of the world at a young age.

Four years ago it was time to jump out of my comfort zone again and moved to Sydney. This move wasn’t actually planned. Quite the opposite. I was supposed to go on a three-week holiday in Myanmar and on my last day I decided not to return back home (Amsterdam). I called my family and said: “Mum, dad, you don’t have to pick me up from the airport tomorrow, I changed my flight to Australia where I’m going to find a job.”

People often ask me what triggered me to do this radical move? Why so sudden? Maybe it was the impact of a 10-day Vipasanna Meditation course I had been doing in the midst of Myanmar’s forest. I personally believe that by taking decisions like these, I prove to myself that I am absolutely free in how I live my life. It shows me that I am in absolute control in what I want to do and reject any social confirmation or living in fear of failure.

Quite soon I found a job and started working for a corporate consultancy that are based in Sydney. Freedom is one of their core values and my academic degree in Psychology came in quite useful. Doing presentations in Executive Boardrooms did freak me out in the beginning, especially because of the following three judgments I encountered: 1) being young of age, 2) being a woman and 3) talking with a foreign accent. But as I developed myself, my confidence grew and started to thrive in my role as a consultant.

After three years I found myself in that same comfort zone again. Even though I was traveling all over Australia, NZ and Asia for work, I missed using my hands and being creative. This was something I had let go off while working in the corporate world.

So how did the idea for SUNNY CORDS come about?

To cut a long story short, three years ago I started to make eyewear chains with materials I had ordered from Amsterdam. The idea came from my own personal struggle and frustration with always losing and damaging my sunnies. Yet I refused to wear those old styled granny cords. At that point I had never thought I would turn this new hobby into an actual business. It was only after the loving responses that I received from my local friends in Bondi, that I realized that there was a huge opportunity sitting right in front of me.

I started working in the evening hours besides my job for more than a year. I let go of my social life because I was so determined and energized by this new mission that had come into my life. After one year I reached the point that I knew if I really wanted to take SUNNY CORDS to the next level, I would have to quit my corporate job. I set up a meeting with my boss and said I wanted to take a sabbatical. He allowed me 3 months off, and not one day longer as he really needed me back.

When you read this story I’m in the midst of this 90-day period and working my butt off, but with absolute joy. To me this is not so much about the end result (being successful), but it’s about exactly this, the process towards it. The SUNNY CORDS’ label stands for all elements that I personally strive for in life, which all comes down to being free, following your passion, and stop living in fear of failure. Therefore the brand is so much more than fashionable eyewear chains. It’s about telling the world a message and trying to set an example for all those people who doubt themselves. Because God, how often I have done that myself, but you are the only one who can prove yourself wrong. Welcome to SUNNY CORDS.

What pieces are included within your range?

SUNNY CORDS consists of the two collections: 1) Summer Casual and 2) Summer Chic. The first includes designs that are different, stand out, and have that real bohemian hippie feel. The second collection is a bit more delicate and classical, which is more suited for those who want to complement their outfit in a more subtle way.

In total these two collections consist of 14 different designs with 32 different variants.

What is your creative background?

I believe creative people have always known that they are. You feel yourself being drawn to anything that is made, and literally have itchy hands to do it yourself. At home, I’ve always painted, experimented with photography, and made jewelry myself. I had never an urge to do a creative academic degree, as I regarded being creative always as a ‘side thing’. Now I’m starting to realise that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.

Where is the label designed and made?

All designed and made in my craft studio overlooking Bondi Beach. The view is my best source of inspiration as it’s different every day and so allows you to always see different things everyday.

What inspires you?

Making only things that I absolutely love. I strive for perfection. Not only to ensure the customer receives a great product, but also to fulfill my own sense of pride about what I’ve created.

Latest collection consists of?

No matter what day it is in the year, I’m always experimenting with new designs. There are a few designs that haven’t been added to the current collection just yet. These needed to be tested first with the market before they come available. I often receive the response: “It’s so difficult to decide, which one to buy!” So I don’t want to add to that complexity… 😉

What's on your mood board?

SUNNY CORDS aims to serve two types of fashion styles: the ones who like to stand out (Summer Casual) versus the ones who like a more subtle addition (Summer Chic). Therefore we have got two different mood boards for these two.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is my own apartment in Bondi Beach. Whenever you enter my place, the chances are likely that you will see that my home is completely turned upside down. You will various set ups for product photography, while another corner is filled up all the tools and materials for making the cords. At the end of every working day, I do tidy everything up again. That’s something I learned; you need to be so organized, because the creative process always ensures you turn things into a mess!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Always upbeat music. And I always turn up the volume (sometimes resulting in an upset neighbor…). Upbeat music allows me to really to really focused. Upbeat music allows me to sink deep in my own zone, and then time passes by in a split second.

A day in the life of you consists of?

My day starts off with my morning routine with my handsome flat mate. This consists of first going to our gym at BeFit together for a 45 minute high-intense work out, followed by a quick dip in the ocean, and ends with a coffee at Porch and Parlour which is a café which is located below our apartment. Once my flat mate is off to work, I start making a list of what I want to achieve that day. This typically involves dispatching that day’s online order (wrapping, writing personal post cards, post office visits), doing the photography for the website and social media as well as spending some hours of power behind the computer. This is what I enjoy the most about being an entrepreneur; the variety of things that are on your plate as well as being your own boss and therefore control what you do. Because I’m so passionate about SUNNY CORDS it hardly takes me any motivation to start nor to push through.

Why TVM?

A friend of mine who lives at the Gold Coast recommended the TVM. I really appreciate the extra effort you take by really creating a success story for every stallholder. I have not come across any other markets that do it with so much passion as you!

Find Flo and Sunny Cords at TVM this Sunday 12 March and connect online via:
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Designer Profile + TVM Startup Stall: Bambita

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to the first TVM Startup Stall recipient for 2017 – Bambita. From the southern sleepy town of Murwillumbah, Tiffany Bell, founder of…

We couldn't be more excited to introduce you to the first TVM Startup Stall recipient for 2017 - Bambita.

From the southern sleepy town of Murwillumbah, Tiffany Bell, founder of Bambita tells us about the inspiration for her label and behind the scenes of running a small business.

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In a short paragraph, tell us about your background?

Growing up, we lived in a few places from Cabarita to Hervey Bay , but always coastal. My brothers and I would spend after school and weekends in the back rooms of surf shops my mum owned or managed. After finishing high school in Hervey Bay, I moved with the love of my life, to the Gold Coast. I tried to avoid heading back into study, so I took on a marketing traineeship at a tourist attraction and then an apprenticeship with a top salon. Working in a salon where my job was to wear pretty dresses, blow dry 70’s inspired waves and read Russh magazines, I knew I never wanted to work away from a creative industry again.

After the arrival of my first born and inspiration behind Bambita, Ivy, I headed back to study a Bachelor of Communication by correspondence with the intention to always work for myself and never for the man. It gave me the confidence and inspiration to take a leap and put myself out there.

After following my partner through a few mining towns in country New South Wales for a few years, we’ve finally set up permanent residency in the Northern Rivers. After being away from the ocean and the green countryside for so long, we have a new found appreciation for god’s country.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

Being the vintage, crochet and floral dress addict that I am, I was always looking for cute mini me things to put Ivy in. I found that there was way too many glitter encrusted and mass produced fabrics so I went out on a limb, had some patterns and samples made, got such an overwhelming, positive response and evolved from there.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

After many set backs, including another little headstrong female to the mix, Bambita finally opened in September of this year.

What does your brand consist of?

Bambita consists of 70’s inspired smock dresses, bell bottoms and pinafores in the softest of indian panel prints specifically made for little girls sizes 1 – 10.

Where is the label designed and made?

Designed in the Northern Rivers and hand made by Sue on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

I’m a huge collector of vintage dresses, specifically the 60’s and 70’s. I love the idea of recreating pieces, which are modern enough to wear for kids these days and could be kept for generations.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

2017, I’m hoping to gain a few more stockists to spread the Bambita love across the country. Overall, I would love to have a storefront, that’s the ultimate dream.

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What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I import all the fabric, because I find the indian cotton is magical. Not having fabric available onshore and underestimating the popularity some items would have has definitely been challenging. A few parcels are still lost in transit.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

1. Having 100% control over the creative process.
2. I can go from packing orders and negotiating with suppliers to jumping on trampolines and eating iceblocks in an hour flat.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

I think everyone has the potential to have a small business, but the people you see putting themselves out there are the ones with the guts to follow their dreams. Life really is too short to do something you hate.

Find Bambita debuting at TVM this Sunday 1st January 2017.

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If you've started a small business within the last three months and are interested in joining TVM, apply for the TVM Startup Stall - We'd love to hear from you!

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Once Upon an Artisan

New to TVM this Sunday is Once Upon an Artisan, the brainchild of Karina Davila who will be showcasing unique and ethical knitwear handcrafted by artisans in her homeland of  Peru….

New to TVM this Sunday is Once Upon an Artisan, the brainchild of Karina Davila who will be showcasing unique and ethical knitwear handcrafted by artisans in her homeland of  Peru.

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"It was 4 years ago when I realized I wanted to bring the beauty of Alpaca breeders and weavers to the world and contribute with the development of my country, Peru. The weavers live in remote communities in the Andes mountains and Alpacas are their main source of income. In 2015, I left my job in a travel company, went back to nature and began this dream.

Once Upon an Artisan believes in sustainability, in a slow lifestyle, in conscious decisions, in buying less and smarter, in doing what we love in an ethical way and contributing to a better world.'

TVM: What pieces are included within your range?

Ethical Alpaca knitwear: sweaters, cardigans, ponchos, shawls and beanies. Andean fabric clutches, bags, accessories and rugs

What is your creative background?

I am an artisan by heart, I inherited the ability with my hands from my grandfather who was making things all the time in his little workshop.

Since then I have always done things and explored from stained glass to origami, from macramé to carving stamps. I am also a photographer and design enthusiast.

Where is the label designed and made?

It is 100% Ethically made in Peru.

What inspires you?

Having been born in a country where weavers, textiles and artisans are part of my heritage, I’ve seen, admire and done crafts all my life. I’ve always been inspired by artisans, who keep traditional techniques alive.

Latest collection consists of?

All our pieces are timeless and one-of-a-kind. We believe in slow fashion so our garments are not only beautiful but sustainable as they will last for years, reducing the necessity of buying another one for the next season. We have cardigans, sweaters and more knitwear, all handmade by communities in the Andes. We also have funky and colorful Andean fabric accessories.

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What's on your mood board?

Nature inspiration and textures, birds, dream destinations and photos of my family who is back home.

What’s your creative space like?

My workshop/office is full of natural light, fabrics, yarn, plants and materials. It’s very inspiring place.

Tell us about a typical day for you, as a small business owner?

I wake up and do some sports, I eat a healthy brekkie and then to classes, I love learning so if nor in classes I am learning a new skill online. Sometimes I need to take photos, to create content or to prepare for a market. At night I cook with my partner, cooking is one of my passions and we love sharing that time together as we are always pretty busy.

Favourite TVM stall?

I love the Coconut Dream Candle & Co!

Favourite reads?

I’ve following Gennine Zlatkis for ages, she’s my favorite artist/ crafter. I also love Junkaholique and The Vista.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I always keep warm with some of my Alpaca garments and protect from the sun with an aussie Akubra J. I love the Kultcha Collective clothing.

What can we expect from from you for the remainder of 2016 and beyond?

I will design my own garments for next year and will weave some in organic cotton for summer. I’m developing the online shop and I’m planning on selling around the world so I can support more weavers back home.

Why TVM?

I’m new in the scene of markets so I was doing my research I found the TVM. I am an entrepreneur and loved the story of the founders, I felt inspired, everything looks so organized and beautiful. Definitively my style.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

It’s my first time so I’m very excited. I’ve seen the photos of the stalls, live music and people and I love the vibe it transmits. Can’t wait!

Connect with Once Upon an Artisan:
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Find Once Up an Artisan at TVM this Sunday 3 July 2016 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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NEW to TVM this Sunday: Seven Seas Home

If soft furnishings and stylish abodes are your jam, then you wont want to miss new stall Seven Seas Home at TVM Paradise Point this Sunday. Read on to meet designer Kelly…

If soft furnishings and stylish abodes are your jam, then you wont want to miss new stall Seven Seas Home at TVM Paradise Point this Sunday.

Read on to meet designer Kelly Taylor and find out more about Seven Seas Home.

Keep your eyes peeled for a sweet little giveaway coming up where we have teamed up with Kelly to giveaway a floor cushion/bean bag valued at $160! Make sure you're following us on Instagram at @thevillagemarketsgc

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?
Early in 2015 I started Seven Seas, as I have a love for fabrics and textiles and was studying Interior Design so I joined my two passions together. A trip to India to source fabric and learn how to block print was the real start. It it all came together from there.

What pieces are included within your range?
Bean bags and floor cushion. I also sell fabric by the meter.

What is your creative background?
I have been sewing and creating from a young age, however seven years working in the fashion industry with product development and design has given me the skills that I need for Seven Seas.

Where is the label designed and made?
Designed at home, in my room but made in India. I was over in India last year sourcing fabrics and getting samples made up.

What inspires you?
Colour, pattern, textures, textiles... if I could have a room of fabric I would! I collect fabrics I like, end rolls and vintage textiles.

Latest collection consists of?
Ahoy is my first full collection with nine styles across three shapes. These are not your standard bean bag shapes, they are super comfortable and look great in homes.

What's on your mood board?
Interiors, beach shacks, cuttings of fabrics, pom poms and tassles

What’s your creative space like?
Normally a pin board is mounted above my desk so I can constantly pin ideas and images up. I have just relocated (2 weeks ago) to the Byron area and I'm yet to move into a place but I hope to have a whole room I can fit out with bean bags for product testing. Box’s or buckets of fabric cuttings and rolls of fabrics, along with a sewing machine for custom/small orders.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?
Constantly running Spotify, currently on a Paul Simon radio.

A day in the life of you consists of?
When I'm not working my 9-5, it starts with a surf, coffee, breakfast, stroll around maybe a quick yoga stretch. I love going to markets myself in my space time when I'm not trading at them. I'm forever checking emails and social media to keep tabs on things. I like to get outdoors as much as I can (activities, activities, activities) and love finishing the day off with a good feed and a beer!

Favourite reads/blogs?
Trendland, Yellowtrace, Artichoke

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?
Overalls and big pockets are a must to keep all my valuables, as I'm always strolling around speaking to customers and neighbours.

What can we expect from you in 2016 and beyond?
I have just released in the last week my new collection, so I'm excited to show it to a new audience.

Why TVM?
From what I have seen online and talking to people, the quality of stalls, their creatives, the size of the market, the live music on the day and the location are really appealing to me.

Connect with Seven Seas Home:
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Stall Profile – Beau In The Woods

Welcome to the TVM fam, Beau In The Woods. We got chatting to founder Kylie Dadson about hair flips, her special TVM pieces for the local gals and how her…

Welcome to the TVM fam, Beau In The Woods. We got chatting to founder Kylie Dadson about hair flips, her special TVM pieces for the local gals and how her creative baby came to be....

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Tell us about how and when Beau In The Woods was created?

Beau was created to offer our customers something different for our more tropical-esque Queensland environment. I love that feeling like you are always on holiday. We started in 2012 with digital prints created from travel snaps, took a sabbatical from mid 2014 (bought a house, had a baby!) and are now re-launching with organic cottons. The cotton is organically grown in India, woven in Australia by a Gold Coast company and we manufacture in Brisbane. It’s about keeping things close to home, so everything is ethically produced and most of all, super wearable for our lifestyle.

What pieces are included within your range?

We have frocks, jumpsuits, shorts, pants, tops and capes. We love a good frolic and hair flip.
Cotton pieces are cut with raw edges, as we wanted the simple beauty of the natural cotton to shine through and naturally curl on arms and hems. We also have a made to order silk collection that is beautifully finished with French seams but with a resort vibe – think shell buttons on flowing styles.

At TVM we will feature silk print pieces not available online, cut especially as a mix up for our local gals. Our style is just life… Basically you can eat, drink and go about your day (or eve!) in our pieces. They are designed to be worn day or night and packed easily to travel with, its up to you to create your look and make it your own.

What is your creative background?

I studied journalism at uni, worked part time in a photography lab then fell into retail post study. Started a wholesale fashion agency for emerging designers, this turned into our first boutique and Beau was just developed along the lines from there. A turning point was probably a trip to Vietnam about 10 years ago. My obsession with fabric developed greatly from there and has grown over the years from heavy embellishments to light silks and now super soft cottons …

My husband and I decided early on to teach ourselves the trade over studying it. There have been wins and there have been losses. We immersed ourselves in it for so many years, I used annual leave time from my full time jobs to pursue trade shows and trips to sell ranges and meet with buyers. I think when you love a particular industry so much it’s really hard to get out of it!

Where is the label designed and made?

Brisbane. I am ridiculously passionate about supporting local industry and have been working with my team (patternmaker, machinist, manufacturer) for about 4 years now and couldn’t do the label without them. Lately I have been doing business meetings out of my car so the baby can still sleep and not get disturbed as we chat out side about samples and finishes– seriously where else could you work like that?

What inspires you?

People in my life, imagery, imperfections, anything that consists of blues skies and blue waters. You can find inspiration in so many places and as you get go through different ages the way you view fashion changes. Where as once it was perhaps about what is “in “now, it’s definitely more about what your personal style is. I love that fashion has evolved that way. I think the trick is to see the beauty in your every day. Oh and my 9 year old niece wants to be a fashion designer – she tells her friends how much work is involved so I need to perform well to encourage her!

What's on your mood board?

I tend to collect beach scenes, Palm Springs palms, vintage monochrome images and inspiring quotes. I love the classic black and white images of styles bygone. Fashion always re-invents so trends are mostly technology developments of fabrications, styles often keep their classic shapes. I also have some art prints by friends – currently some hand painted flamingos by Byron artist Kristel Warton. She inspires me always with her mash up of colours. We often trade instagram tags back and forth.

What’s your creative space like?

Currently under renovation! My husband is part way through building me a studio at home. Once complete it will be all white with a big trestle table, high ceilings, an oversize mood board … and of course, a bar cart! I love a good blank canvas that you can cover in colour and print.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I have Ku De Ta’s mash up cd on repeat constantly. Its like tropical lounge beats. We were married in Bali 5 years ago and it reminds me of being there with everyone I love + cocktails! Plus my son sleeps to it. The Delta Riggs is another fav.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Early morning wake up with (our son) Franco. His smiles completely kick off my day. Gym time or a big walk is a must, then I balance working in between his naps/play. I do a lot of computer work with the website & blogging, appointments for sampling and new patterns during the day, then after everyone is fed (my husband and I always dine together) and then I can slot a little more in! I keep alot of notes in my iPhone – its constantly going off with little to-do list reminders!

Favourite reads/blogs?

I love a little celeb gossip. (I don’t read, just look at the pics for outfits!) I have the Mail Online app on my phone for a quick fix and then my personal inbox is mostly fashion and business related. I love reading updates about the industry through Ragtrader, The Business of Fashion and Smart Company. The Weekend Edition and The Good Guide are my go-to‘s for finding out what’s new in Brisbane and the GC.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

You’ll find me in head to toe Beau. Most days I wear a silk and cotton combo. I love the feel of luxe with a good basic. (Though my son has me putting the silks away for the time being!)

What are your plans for 2016 and beyond?

I am just going to take it as it comes. My biggest priority is my family – my husband and our babe. I really want Beau to work in with our lifestyle and goals. I hope to see it grow organically and be worn by a growing number of fabulous women.

Why TVM?

It’s such an amazing concept and run so well. I have loved coming down and think it has a great range of brands made so accessible in such an enjoyable environment. I mean hello, it’s across the road from the beach. Retailing doesn’t get any better than that! Xx

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Stall Profile: Corner Block Studio

Meet Natalie Lane, the crafty and quietly spoken yet undoubtedly clever lady behind Corner Block Studio. We have been eyeing off her Anesbury Book Frames for sometime, they are as stylish as…

Meet Natalie Lane, the crafty and quietly spoken yet undoubtedly clever lady behind Corner Block Studio. We have been eyeing off her Anesbury Book Frames for sometime, they are as stylish as they are sustainable.

You can find Natalie and her beautiful wares at The Village Markets Paradise Point this Sunday.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Corner Block Studio was born on a corner block in sunny Brisbane earlier this year (2015). It stemmed from an impulse to make things by hand, an urge to turn ideas into tangible objects and the desire to work with materials that respect our environment and all things wild.

What pieces are included within your range?

My range features the Anesbury Frame Collection. It begun with the Anesbury Book Frame; a clever, minimalist frame for displaying books, open on your wall. This spring it has grown to include a Record Jacket Frame and Card Frame, each handcrafted from recycled Australia hardwood and cotton cord. I also offer original greetings cards including a Christmas card for this jolly time of year

What is your creative background?

Before founding Corner Block Studio, I studied Product Design and worked as an Industrial Designer. The arts and craft have always been a big part of my life from sketching and sewing to sculpture and metal smithing. What I do now combines my background in product design with my love for the handmade.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed in my home studio and handcrafted in my workshop in Brisbane.

What inspires you?

Gift giving inspires me, I often create the first version of a new design as a gift for a friend or family and it grows from there. The function of the product takes lead when developing a new design, and the aim is to create something that is simple to use and timeless.

Latest collection consists of?

The Record Jacket Frame and Card Frame are the latest editions to the collection. They continue the theme of transforming items from around your home into personal, ever-evolving wall art.

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What's on your mood board?

A colour pallet influenced by my admiration for Australian bushland.

What’s your creative space like?

My studio is in a 1940’s Queenslander, in a room that was once the front verandah. The walls are classic VJ and the timber floor showing layers of worn paint. My desk is host to a pile of books, a sketchbook and my laptop. The workshop smells like timber and is full of handcrafted products at various stages of completion.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll have been spinning in the workshop lately; Brisbane local Mojo Web, British trio Daisy, Kitty and Lewis and Justin Townes Earle from the USA.

A day in the life of you consists of?

There is a lot of variation from one day to the next, but my favorites always starts in the workshop, hands on the timber, smelling the sawdust and listening to music.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

It’s a pleasure to set up next to Crystal Creek Flowers where the vibe is light hearted and the colors are glorious.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Regular reads are about what’s on locally; I follow the Four Thousand’s blog (www.thethousands.com.au/brisbane) and dig flicking through paper brochures from arts venues like Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s hard to pin favorites other than that as I swing between categories; psychology, Australian history, music, gardening, classic novels and craft magazines. The library helps.

What are your plans for the business for the remainder of 2015 and beyond?

The end of this year will take me to a number of Markets in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. It’s fun to get out in the sun and chat with people. It’s an important time of the year for makers as people start thinking about Christmas gifts. I look forward to growing my range in the new-year and to collaborating with local designers, craftspeople and artists.

Why TVM?

The Village Markets puts on an entertaining event with stalls, music, food and plenty of sunshine. It’s a place to support local small businesses offering boutique items and have a good time doing it.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

It’s a way to combine my work with a holiday – I bring my stall to the beach! I get to chat to people in the morning and always have a swim before heading back to Brisbane.

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Stall Profile: Island Boheme

Introducing Natalia Lydford, creator and owner of Island Boheme, an uber stylish swimwear label hailing from the Byron Bay coast. You can find Island Boheme at The Village Markets this Sunday…

Introducing Natalia Lydford, creator and owner of Island Boheme, an uber stylish swimwear label hailing from the Byron Bay coast. You can find Island Boheme at The Village Markets this Sunday and beyond.

Proudly owned and created by Natalia Lydford, Island Boheme draws upon a minimal aesthetic with injections of eclectic prints. Natalia draws upon her own love of avant-garde fashion producing collections for the modern rebel at heart. Made only from the softest fabrics Island Boheme embodies modern ideas with a chic blasé appeal, and is designed on the Byron Bay coast. Mixing chic minimalism with a bit of Parisian attitude, Island Boheme swimwear acts as a foundation to enhance your inner and outer goddess when poolside, hitting the beach or globe-trotting.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I found myself struggling to find affordable eclectic swimwear pieces that catered to my love of minimal lines and Brazilian cuts, so it was then that Island Boheme was born in 2014.

What pieces are included within your range?

For our first collection ‘Heavy Love’ I tried to create my ideal range with a style that caters to all styles of beach goers. It features no-tie, minimal line bikini pieces as well as seamless finishes and a tie side bottom for the traditional island girl. We have a backless one piece in a range of colours that can be worn back-to-front for a jumpsuit appeal (extra safe in the rough waves instead of a traditional bikini pant).

What is your creative background?

I grew up in a very creative, fashion forward family and studied Fashion Design myself. Swimwear design was a natural progression for me as its what I know and love so much.

Where is the label designed and made?

Island Boheme is designed on the Byron Bay coastline and made overseas.

What inspires you?

So many things! Island Boheme is the essence of what I love in my heart. All things Parisian, by the beach, blasé and chic.

Latest collection consists of?

Our current collection ‘Heavy Love’ is a meeting place between my love of minimal, simplistic cuts and modern eclectic prints. It is Island Boheme’s interpretation of essential basics.

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What's on your mood board?

Everything Ann Demeulemeester! Black and white images, and at the moment high contrast vintage images..Think glowing skin and over-shadowed faces..perfection! Im a little obsessed with everything French too, so lots of street scapes from my travels.

What’s your creative space like?

My beautiful stone desk is rarely seen by the sun, due to the sea of fabrics and bikinis making it their home. I have an embarrassing amount of Apple products dominating too (Mac desktop, pro, air, two iPads and a phone eeek its insane) I blame it on the fact that I’m a visual person! Im a little obsessed with Peace Lilys and Maidens Hair Ferns too so I work in a mini jungle!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I download edited playlists from Grizzly (Grizzly Mix) He’s a european DJ who blows my mind. Think Lou Reed, The Bees and Chromatics but with glitter sprinkled on top!

A day in the life of you consists of?

Its non stop. 6am up with my 1 year old Olivier, starting the day with Instagram and attacking emails. All orders are out by lunchtime, and then its creative time! Working on our next collections and marketing plans. By the afternoon I try to get a beach break in with my boy, then Im often back on the computer working till late!

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Wild Heart Jewellery and Maison and Maison

Favourite reads/blogs?

oooh thats tough..My favourite book of all time is Green For Life by Victoria Buetenko — it’s literally my bible. And Caroline De Maigret’s Instagram is amazing - full of funny quotes and cute videos - she’s an instant mood-lifter for me.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

My favourite go-to’s are black jeans with sheer black knit singlets or sculpted midi skirts or pants. I love to layer. I will usually layer my swimwear pieces with sheer tops. Favourite go to’s for me are my Damir Doma singlets, T by Alexander Wang dresses, Bassike singlets, and Assin everything and my vintage designer pieces I stole from my mums wardrobe!

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2016 and beyond?

Oh I’m so excited about our soon-to-launch collection! I truly believe in listening to our buyers wants and needs. It is a little more refined. We have some new bikini styles and a new one piece that I’m so obsessed with. We are also introducing some new fabrics and textures which I think all our IB girls will love. It is a little more sultry..a bit more vintage vixen! Stay Tuned for our November launch!

Why TVM?

It is perfect for us as it is a smaller, more curated market. To be amongst so many creative brands is in itself inspiring, and we feel the TVM shoppers come for that designer feel, that we love and appreciate.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

We have received really good feedback from our shoppers, and at the end of the day thats what inspires us to keep creating. Theres a great following that comes every week and we love being on their go-to list!

Connect with Island Boheme:

Website - www.islandboheme.com
Facebook - facebook.com/islandboheme
Instagram - @islandboheme

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Stall Profile – We Got Wood

Introducing cool new handcrafted furniture stall, We Got Wood, by Emily and Daniel Guy. Find out more about this emerging small business below and you can also check them out this…

Introducing cool new handcrafted furniture stall, We Got Wood, by Emily and Daniel Guy.

Find out more about this emerging small business below and you can also check them out this Sunday 17th May at TVM Burleigh Heads!

TVM: Tell us about how and when your label was created?

WGW: We are new to the scene. Daniel is a carpenter by trade. We got wood came about last year when I was looking everywhere for a cool kind of ladder shelf to put all my bits and pieces on for an affordable price. I could not find anything. One day I came home and Daniel had made me a ladder and put it in my apartment. I loved it!

We realised after multiple compliments and questions that other people loved it too and started experimenting with making other wooden furniture pieces as well, but our ladder will always be our favourite piece!

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What pieces are included within your range?

I’d say our main piece is our ladder, however we make all kinds of wooden furniture such as coffee tables, bedside tables, trestle tables, blanket boxes.. We make whatever the people want really!

We try to use reclaimed timber wherever possible, we love working with pallets, wall studs, fence pailings, fence posts etc.

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What are your creative backgrounds?

Daniel is a carpenter and our passion is to work with timber and turn it into unique pieces that hopefully everyone will love as much as we do.

Where is the label designed and made?

We got wood is designed and handmade by the two of us in Brisbane

What inspires the two of you?

We are mainly inspired from the timber we are using. We love that it is reclaimed and we can give it another go at life. Seeing our customers happy and our pieces in their home/business inspires us to keep doing what we are doing.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

We like to listen to chilled out music while we build, our playlist generally consists of Vance Joy, Chet Faker, Ball Park Music, Alt J, The Griswolds, Milky Chance, Sticky fingers.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

We love all the stalls! The Village markets have such an amazing vibe! The people are lovely, the music is beautiful, and the food is delish! We love absolutely everything about spending our Sunday at TVM!

Connect with We Got Wood:

Facebook

Instagram - @wegotwood

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Designer Profile – Gloria Dulcie

This Sunday at TVM you can checkout exciting new fashion label Gloria Dulcie, launched in January of this year and designed here in Australia by Alex Coleborn. Gloria Dulcie is…

This Sunday at TVM you can checkout exciting new fashion label Gloria Dulcie, launched in January of this year and designed here in Australia by Alex Coleborn.

Gloria Dulcie is an independent, boutique label. Merging traditional crochet and knitting techniques with the romanticism of silk, the simple silhouettes lend focus to the textual elements of each collection. As a brand, Gloria Dulcie aims to conjure a mood of quirky elegance, designed to delight and disarm. 

TVM: Alex, tell us about how and when your label was created?

Alex: Gloria Dulcie is an independent, boutique label designed in Australia.

It had been a dream of mine to launch my own label after graduating my Diploma in Fashion and Textiles but it wasn’t until I finally “settled down” after travelling that I could truly focus on my passion. I worked for over a year designing, sourcing and sampling my collection before I felt it was ready for production. I launched G.D with debut collection “Whimsical Suburbia” in January this year.

Gloria Dulcie was born in celebration of the incredibly inspirational, feminine aesthetic of what can only be described as the “Modern Babe”. Creative, unabashed girls brimming with witty irreverence, honest beauty and free-spirited confidence. I shot the campaign with one of my favourite photographers, Mandy-Lyn, in East Vancouver with model Annapurna Marlen. We worked together flawlessly and I couldn’t have been happier with the images. Our vision was translated perfectly to epitomize the feeling behind the label. It really gave me the confidence to commit to a beautiful journey with Gloria Dulcie.

What pieces are included within your range?

Gloria Dulcie is a silk and knitwear/crochet label. We focus on finding high quality silks and working on innovative knitwear/crochet designs. “Whimsical Suburbia” features a variety of silk garments in “Ivory” and “Midnight” that soften the knit/crochet pieces. We have the “Billie” oversized, cropped singlet designed as a two-piece with the “Two Tulips” high-waisted mini skirt and the “Another Day Dream” dress in both mini and maxi styles. The focus is subtle detail with romantic undertones to compliment the slightly eccentric crochet/knitwear. These include cropped sweaters, the “Delilah” long sleeve dress, high-waisted maxi skirt and mini shorts for lounging around. The “Lowlands” mid-calf cardigan and a simple, off the shoulder singlet. I created a quirky “pom-pom” design that is used across all the crochet garments in a palette of dusty pink, mint, cream, black and a vibrant blue. Designed to delight and disarm.

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What is your creative background?

Whether it was drawing, writing, crafting, designing or decorating, I have always felt the need to create and express myself. I studied a Diploma in Fashion and Textiles but it wasn’t until after traveling I could truly focus on my own label. I have always been trusted with creative direction in the boutiques and vintage stores I have worked in which gave me the extra confidence I needed to pursue my dream of fashion design.

Where is the label designed and made?

I am constantly designing and adapting my ideas so to name one place is almost impossible…I have a lovely creative space in my home on the Sunshine Coast and one in Bali where I feel most comfortable compiling my ideas and rendering the designs. All manufacturing is done in Bali.

What inspires you?

Girls doing it for themselves! Being such an observant person I find myself overwhelmed with inspiration. What stimulates my desire to create most is surrealism, photography, the perfection of nature, whimsical babes, textiles, colour, vintage fashion magazines, classic films, kitsch at it’s finest, surf rock, whiskey, Berlin, flowers and Hope Sandoval.

Latest collection consists of?

This collection features four versatile silk garments that work beautifully as both statement or layering pieces. The “Midnight” colour is a gorgeous sand-washed Habotai silk and the “Ivory” is a sand-washed silk crepe. Both catch and reflect light beautifully with the movement of the body. Subtle detailing includes dropped backs, princess panels, French seams and tiered, ruffle hemlines. I used a palette of dusty pink, mint, cream, black and a vibrant blue in 100% cotton to create the beautiful, hand-made crochet. The simple silhouettes of these pieces lend focus to the textual elements of the collection. All feature our signature “pom-pom” design. Refer to question 2 for a breakdown of particular garments in the range.

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What's on your mood board?

Marbled palettes, sand-washed Habotai silk, historical theatres, Edie Sunday photography, Shae Detar photography, Rhi Blossom, knit samples, glitter, kitschy play-things, turtle necks, babes…

What’s your creative space like?

It triples as my office and stock room so it looks some what like a pop up shop. My desk is usually covered in samples, rough sketches and fabric swatches. Prints of my favourite shots from the campaign adorn the walls and there’s never a shortage of plants. The window looks out into the garden. It’s nice.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Gypsy jazz, surf rock, atmospheric art rock, post punk, shoe gaze and psych-folk are my immediate genre choices to heighten my creative productivity.

A day in the life of you consists of?

It all depends really. I could glorify things and give you an example of my favourite or busiest days but to be realistic my typical day consists of...Early mornings drinking tea and listening to music. Working on the computer, networking, packing orders, planning photo shoots etc. I usually have family and friends popping in through-out the day. I’ll run errands, work in the garden, exercise or go to the beach (never all four). Then I’ll drink wine and make dinner with my sweetheart or watch a film and that’s the day done and dusted.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I really love Mari Bray’s Handmade Ceramics. They are beautiful, but there are so many gorgeous stalls that I haven’t spent enough time in yet.

Favourite reads/blogs?

I’m not really blog obsessed. I prefer magazines. My favourites are Another, Black, Contributor, Bricks, Junk and Homework.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I always wear Gloria Dulcie at the market.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2015 and beyond?

I try to keep my collection pretty tight under wraps until it is ready to be debuted but you can trust in seeing gorgeous silks in an innovative palette, ribbed and cable knits with a signature Gloria Dulcie element. Think “quirky elegance”.

2015 will be spent growing with my label, being in love and hopefully some cheeky road trips!

Why TVM?

The Village Market is such a fantastic platform for emerging designers. I love being able to interact with my customers face to face. I am constantly learning more about my demographic and the direction in which I want to take Gloria Dulcie.

What do you love most about attending TVM

The good vibes! Meeting/being inspired by like minded individuals and the opportunity to collaborate. The support and smiles!

Find Gloria Dulcie at The Village Markets or....
www.gloriadulcie.com
Facebook
Instagram @
gloria_dulcie

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Designer Profile – Mari Bray Modern Handmade Ceramics

Mari Bray will join the TVM lineup for the first time this Sunday with her handmade collection of ceramics. Read on to find out more about an intriguing little vessel named…

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Mari Bray will join the TVM lineup for the first time this Sunday with her handmade collection of ceramics. Read on to find out more about an intriguing little vessel named Moringa and just what makes this creative tick.

TVM: Tell us about how and when your label was created?

MB: After nearly 15 years in the advertising industry working almost exclusively in front of a computer, I found myself missing the process of creating something by hand. In the middle of 2014, out of pure coincidence, I found myself enrolled in a ceramics course which brought me back to my childhood passion of pottery. From this point on I have been able to tap into my creative stream whilst getting elbow deep in mud.

That is how Mari Bray Modern Handmade Ceramics was created and I have never looked back!!

What pieces are included within your range?

My current collection is called ‘Life Is’ and has a number of pieces including the Brazilian ceramic water vessel, Moringa. This jug and cup combination is very well known to the Brazilian community and is commonly found on the bedside during the night maintaining the water cool whilst creating a feeling of indulgence.

The entire collection is inspired by flowers and wings and also includes a range of little vases, wall tiles and bowls all featuring gold wings and colourful flowers designed to inspire feelings of joy.

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What is your creative background?

Born and raised in a large town in Brazil, I have been calling Australia home since 2002. I have always been passionate about prints and colours for as long as I can remember and completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Brazil. I have spent most of my working life surrounded by creative minds having worked in the advertising industry for over 15 years.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the simplicity and beauty of life.

What's on your mood board?

I love collecting things for my mood board. There are a lot of images that inspired me for this collection such as ‘stillness’, ‘be’, ‘now’, ‘slow’, ‘bliss’, ‘balance’, ‘joy’, ‘let go’.

What’s your creative space like?

My studio is very colourful and has lots of little knicks-knacks that make me smile everyday.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I usually tune into a station from Spotify and let it do it’s work. The station depends on my headspace of the day.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Juggling three little sons, making ceramics, running, hot yoga and library. I love going to the library!

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

There are so many stalls that I love….it’s too hard to pick one

Favourite reads/blogs?

Pinterest and books to inspire.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2015 and beyond?

I am looking at creating wall tiles and personalize pieces and projects.

Why TVM?

It is an exciting opportunity to showcase my work to other local creative people. There is also a great atmosphere and vibe.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

It’s local, showcasing locals, for the locals and those visiting the Gold Coast, always meeting creative and inspiring people.

Connect with Mari Bray Ceramics:

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Find Mari Bray this Sunday 15 February at TVM Burleigh Heads State School 8:30am - 1pm.

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Designer Profile: The Travelling Kimono

Meet Janelle Rawlins and Tara Willersdorf of super stylish TVM label, The Travelling Kimono. Tell us about how and when your label was created? We started our label about 18months ago….

Meet Janelle Rawlins and Tara Willersdorf of super stylish TVM label, The Travelling Kimono.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

We started our label about 18months ago. Each morning on our daily jog we would talk about starting our own label. The more we talked the more excited we became. So we decided to give it a go and here we are following our dream.

What pieces are included within your range?

Our focus is Kimonos but we also make bralettes and baby bloomers mostly with the off cuts so they don’t go to waste.

What is your creative background?

We are both very creative and feel that something is missing in our lives if we are not using some sort of outlet to express this.

Where is the label designed and made?

We design our Kimonos on the Sunshine Coast in QLD and then our family friend Hien and her sister hand make them in Vietnam.

What inspires you?

So many things inspire me. Life its self is inspirational. Everyday is a blessing so we should try and spend our days doing what we truly love.

Latest collection consists of?

Our latest collection is called Metallic Light and uses natural colours with a splash of Metallic. We have tried a few different things like Screen Printing and Embroidery.

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What's on your mood board?

Gratitude

What’s your creative space like?

We like to be outside mostly on the beach, as we feel inspired.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Anything chilled that puts me in a good headspace.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Ha ha well I have just had a baby so life is a little crazy but AMAZING. Tara and I talk everyday trying to grow our business and hope to be able to make it our fulltime work.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Wow tough question. TVM are truly inspirational. There is so much talent there I really could not pick a favourite stall.

Favourite reads/blogs?

The Collective mag is amazing.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

The Travelling Kimono of course as we live in them (literally) and then some one teaspoon denim shorts and a Singlet.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2013 and beyond?

We are in the process of designing our summer collection. Which will be a pastel range

Why TVM?

There are soooo many talented people with amazing stalls and the vibe is unreal. We love it!

What do you love most about attending TVM?

THE VIBE

 Connect with The Travelling Kimono:
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